Alexander Ivanovich Smirnov - Soviet fighter pilot, air ace, participant in three wars. Hero of the Russian Federation . Colonel Aviation.
|Alexander Ivanovich Smirnov|
|Date of Birth|
|Place of Birth||Maleevo village, Tarus district , Kaluga province , RSFSR|
|Date of death|
|A place of death|
|Type of army||Air force|
|Part||126th Fighter Aviation Regiment of the 6th Fighter Aviation Corps of the Air Defense Forces|
|Battles / wars||Fights on Khalkhin Gol , |
The Great Patriotic War
|Awards and prizes|
Born February 23, 1920 in the village of Maleevo, Kaluga province  in a peasant family. He graduated from 7 classes and the school of factory apprenticeship.
Since 1937 in the ranks of the Red Army. In 1938 he graduated from the Borisoglebsk Military Aviation Pilot School. He served in the Transbaikal Military District.
Member of the battles on the Khalkhin Gol River in 1939. As part of the 22nd IAP, he completed 96 sorties, conducted 25 air battles, shot down 3 Japanese aircraft personally and 6 in the group. He was awarded the Order of Lenin.
The participant of the Soviet-Finnish war of 1939-1940 as part of the 25th IAP did not have victories.
Since 1940, he was an instructor at the Kachinsky Military Aviation School .
Member of World War II from the first day. He fought as part of the 126th Fighter Aviation Regiment (6th Fighter Aviation Corps, the country's Air Defense Forces). By February 1943, it completed 286 sorties, conducted about 80 air battles, shot down 7 aircraft in person and 13 in the group.
After the war, he continued to serve in the USSR Air Force. Since 1975, Colonel A.I. Smirnov is in stock. He lived in Moscow. He died on July 31, 2009. He was buried in Moscow at the Troekurovsky cemetery .
- Hero of the Russian Federation (03/27/1996, medal No. 262).
- Order of Lenin (11.17.1939).
- 2 orders of the Red Banner (08/09/1941, 02/22/1943).
- 2 orders of the Patriotic War of the 1st degree (02.21.1945, 03.11.1985).
- Order of the Red Star .
- Medals, including:
- Medal "For the Defense of Moscow" (1944).
- Medal "For the Defense of Stalingrad" (1942).
- Maleevo (see on the map of 1941 ) did not survive; now - the territory of the Zhukovsky district of the Kaluga region.